December 6, 2005 - Americans Say Fight Terror, But Not In Iraq, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Many Say Get Out Of Iraq Now
American voters say 77 - 17 percent that the U.S. should continue a global war on terrorism, but almost 60 percent of voters say the U.S. should withdraw its troops from Iraq, with 40 percent who say get out immediately, according to a Quinnipiac University national poll released today. Another 4 percent say get out in six months; 10 percent say get out in one year and 5 percent say get out in two to three years. Only 34 percent of voters oppose setting a deadline or immediate withdrawal. Going to war in Iraq was the wrong thing to do, American voters say 54 - 41 percent, the lowest support in any poll by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University. And voters say 49 - 46 percent that the Bush Administration deliberately misled the American people in making its case for the war. "Americans want to fight terror, but they don't think Iraq is the place to do it. Forty percent say 'get out now,' and another 19 percent favor a phased withdrawal," said Maurice Carroll, Director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "Not only is the President pushing an unpopular war, Americans think he lied to get us into it.

"So far, Bush's how-to-win-in-Iraq speeches don't seem to be helping him. His job approval goes down-down-down and the approval numbers on his top team - except for Secretary of State Rice - are negative, too. "If it's any consolation to the White House, Congress scores even lower."

In an open-ended question, where respondents can give any answer, 31 percent of voters say the war in Iraq is the most important problem facing the U.S. today, followed by 16 percent who list the economy and 7 percent who list terrorism.

A total of 39 percent of voters are "very satisfied" or "somewhat satisfied" with the way things are going in the U.S., with 59 percent who are "somewhat dissatisfied" or "very dissatisfied," the lowest satisfaction rate in a Quinnipiac University national poll.

American voters disapprove 54 - 40 percent of the job President George W. Bush is doing, his lowest rating in a Quinnipiac University national poll. Voters disapprove 60 - 36 percent of his handling of the Iraq war. Looking at other members of the Bush team:
  • Voters disapprove 51 - 35 percent of the job Vice President Dick Cheney is doing;
  • Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld gets a 47 - 40 percent disapproval rating;
  • Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice gets a positive 61 - 25 percent approval rating.
American voters disapprove 61 - 27 percent of the job Congress is doing. Looking at the 2006 Congressional races, voters say 47 - 36 percent that they would like to see the Democrats win control of Congress.

2008 Presidential Race

By a 36 - 32 percent margin, American voters have a favorable opinion of New York Sen. Hillary Clinton, with 16 percent mixed.

Arizona Sen. John McCain gets a 32 - 11 percent favorability rating, with 25 percent mixed.

In a possible 2008 Presidential matchup, McCain edges Clinton 44 - 40 percent.

"It's still very early and we'll certainly hear from other candidates. But Republican John McCain and Democrat Hillary Clinton are in a close race for President," Carroll said.

From November 28 - December 4, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,230 registered voters nationwide. The survey has a margin of error of +/- 2.8 percentage points.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Florida and nationwide as a public service and for research.

For additional data -- www.quinnipiac.edu or call (203) 582-5201
1. Do you approve or disapprove of the way George W. Bush is handling his job as President?

                        Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom   Wht   Blk   His


Approve 40% 79% 8% 35% 41% 38% 43% 15% 45% Disapprove 54 14 88 59 53 55 50 78 50 DK/NA 7 7 3 7 6 7 7 8 5

AGE IN YEARS.......... 18-29 30-44 45-64 65+

Approve 37% 46% 36% 42% Disapprove 58 49 57 49 DK/NA 4 5 7 10

TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way George W. Bush is handling his job as President?
                                                                Highest Lowest
                                                                Approve Approve
                        Dec 6   Jul 27  May 25  Mar 9   Feb 2   Dec 11  Dec 6
                        2005    2005    2005    2005    2005    2001    2005


Approve 40 41 44 45 48 83 40 Disapprove 54 53 50 48 45 11 54 DK/NA 7 6 6 7 7 6 7



2. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Congress is handling its job?

                        Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom   Wht   Blk   His


Approve 27% 40% 15% 26% 28% 27% 26% 22% 38% Disapprove 61 49 74 66 62 61 62 66 52 DK/NA 11 12 11 8 10 13 12 11 10

AGE IN YEARS.......... 18-29 30-44 45-64 65+

Approve 43% 35% 20% 17% Disapprove 47 57 67 69 DK/NA 10 8 13 14

TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Congress is handling its job?

                        Dec 6   Jul 27  Dec 16  Mar 6
                        2005    2005    2004    2003


Approve 27 30 37 42 Disapprove 61 60 51 46 DK/NA 11 10 13 12



4. Is your opinion of New York Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton favorable, unfavorable, mixed, or haven't you heard enough about her?

                        Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom   Wht   Blk   His


Favorable 36% 8% 64% 36% 32% 41% 32% 63% 36% Unfavorable 32 68 8 26 36 28 38 7 25 Mixed 16 13 13 23 17 16 18 7 16 Hvn't hrd enough 14 11 14 15 13 15 11 22 21 REFUSED 1 1 1 - 1 1 1 - 2

AGE IN YEARS.......... 18-29 30-44 45-64 65+

Favorable 35% 35% 37% 37% Unfavorable 21 31 34 39 Mixed 17 17 19 11 Hvn't hrd enough 27 15 9 11 REFUSED - 2 1 2

TREND: Is your opinion of New York Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton favorable, unfavorable, mixed, or haven't you heard enough about her?

                        Dec 6   Mar 10
                        2005    2005


Favorable 36 34 Unfavorable 32 29 Mixed 16 19 Hvn't hrd enough 14 17 REFUSED 1 1



5. Is your opinion of Arizona Senator John McCain favorable, unfavorable, mixed, or haven't you heard enough about him?

                        Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom   Wht   Blk   His


Favorable 32% 35% 30% 32% 37% 29% 35% 20% 28% Unfavorable 11 12 12 8 11 10 11 9 12 Mixed 25 26 21 29 29 21 26 17 20 Hvn't hrd enough 32 27 36 30 23 40 27 53 40 REFUSED - - 1 - - 1 - - -

AGE IN YEARS.......... 18-29 30-44 45-64 65+

Favorable 27% 33% 30% 40% Unfavorable 5 12 12 12 Mixed 16 21 30 27 Hvn't hrd enough 53 33 27 19 REFUSED - 1 - 1

TREND: Is your opinion of Arizona Senator John McCain favorable, unfavorable, mixed, or haven't you heard enough about him?

                        Dec 6   Mar 10
                        2005    2005


Favorable 32 35 Unfavorable 11 8 Mixed 25 22 Hvn't hrd enough 32 33 REFUSED - 2



6. If the 2008 election for president were being held today, and the candidates were Hillary Rodham Clinton the Democrat and John McCain the Republican for whom would you vote?

                        Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom   Wht   Blk   His


Clinton 40% 6% 73% 39% 34% 45% 32% 74% 49% McCain 44 84 14 39 48 40 51 13 32 SMONE ELSE(VOL) 3 3 1 3 4 2 3 2 5 WLDN'T VOTE(VOL) 3 1 1 4 4 2 2 2 4 DK/NA 11 5 12 14 11 12 12 9 10

AGE IN YEARS.......... 18-29 30-44 45-64 65+

Clinton 50% 36% 41% 31% McCain 41 50 40 47 SMONE ELSE(VOL) - 4 3 2 WLDN'T VOTE(VOL) 1 3 4 2 DK/NA 8 6 12 18

TREND: If the 2008 election for President were being held today, and the candidates were Hillary Rodham Clinton the Democrat and John McCain the Republican, for whom would you vote?

                        Dec 6   Mar 10
                        2005    2005


Clinton 40 41 McCain 44 43 SMONE ELSE 3 2 WLDN'T VOTE 3 1 DK/NA 11 13



7. In general, how satisfied are you with the way things are going in the nation today? Are you very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied?

                        Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom   Wht   Blk   His


Very satisfied 6% 12% 1% 5% 8% 5% 7% 1% 9% Smwht satisfied 33 51 18 32 33 33 35 25 33 Smwht dissatisfied 29 26 32 29 29 29 29 27 34 Very dissatisfied 30 8 48 33 29 31 28 47 20 DK/NA 1 3 - 1 1 2 1 1 4

AGE IN YEARS.......... 18-29 30-44 45-64 65+

Very satisfied 7% 6% 5% 8% Smwht satisfied 38 38 29 32 Smwht dissatisfied 30 24 32 32 Very dissatisfied 25 30 34 25 DK/NA - 2 1 3

TREND: In general how satisfied are you with the way things are going in the nation today? Are you very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied?

                        Very    Smwht   Smwht   Very
                        sat     sat     dis     dis     DK/NA


Dec 6, 2005 6 33 29 30 1 Mar 10, 2005 8 37 28 26 1 Feb 2, 2005 10 37 25 27 1 Dec 16, 2004 8 35 27 29 1 Jul 24, 2004 9 37 28 25 1 May 26, 2004 8 33 24 34 1 May 5, 2004 10 34 29 26 1 Mar 24, 2004 12 36 27 24 1 Feb 2, 2004 14 35 26 24 1 Jan 26, 2004 15 36 25 23 1 Dec 10, 2003 12 33 27 26 1 Oct 29, 2003 10 38 25 26 1 Sep 17, 2003 12 38 22 28 1 Jul 24, 2003 13 34 27 24 2 Jun 11, 2003 17 38 22 22 1 Apr 17, 2003 19 46 20 14 1 Mar 6, 2003 9 35 28 26 1 Feb 4, 2003 11 36 27 25 1 Nov 13, 2002 12 43 27 17 1 Feb 22, 2002 15 52 21 11 1 Dec 11, 2001 21 47 19 10 3



8. What do you think is the most important problem facing the country today?

                        Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom   Wht   Blk   His


War (Iraq) 31% 23% 43% 30% 29% 34% 30% 39% 33%

Economy Total 16% 13% 19% 14% 15% 15% 15% 16% 18% Economy general 7 7 7 6 6 7 7 3 9 Unemployment/jobs 5 2 6 6 5 5 4 10 4 Minimum wage too low 1 1 1 - 1 - 1 2 - Cost of living 1 2 2 1 1 2 1 1 5 Businesses leaving/ Outsourcing 2 1 3 1 2 1 2 - -

Terrorism Total 7% 11% 4% 5% 7% 6% 7% 5% 9% Terrorism general 5 9 3 3 6 4 5 5 7 Security/Safety 2 2 1 2 1 2 2 - 2

Politicians Total 5% 4% 8% 4% 6% 5% 6% 3% 4% Politicians/ Campaigns general 1 2 1 2 1 1 2 - 2 Political corruption 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 - Bush administration 3 1 6 1 4 3 3 2 2

Immigration 4% 10% 1% 4% 5% 3% 5% 1% 1%

Energy Costs Total 3% 4% - 4% 4% 2% 4% - 2% Energy costs general 1 1 - 2 1 1 2 - - Gas prices 1 2 - 1 1 1 1 - 2 Oil prices 1 1 - 1 2 - 1 - -

Healthcare/Costs/ Insurance/HMO's 3% 3% 5% 3% 3% 3% 4% 1% 2%

Education Total 2% - 2% 4% 2% 2% 1% 4% 2% Education general 1 - 1 3 1 1 1 4 - Funding education 1 - 1 1 1 1 - - 2

Foreign affairs total: 2% 2% 1% 4% 2% 3% 2% 4% 2% Foreign affairs/ policy general 1 - - 2 1 1 1 2 - Priorities should be at home, not abroad 1 2 1 2 1 2 1 2 2

Lack of ethics/ Morality 2 3 1 2 2 2 2 - 2

Family breakdown/ Family values 1 2 - - - 1 1 - 3

Lack of religion 2 3 - - 1 2 2 2 -

Poverty/Homeless 2 1 2 2 1 2 2 3 3

Drugs 1 - 1 1 - 1 1 1 1

Budget deficits 1 - 1 1 1 1 1 - -

Taxes general 1 3 - - 1 1 1 - -

Other 9 11 5 10 10 7 9 9 5 DK/NA 3 3 3 3 2 4 3 4 4

TREND: What do you think is the most important problem facing the country today?

                        Dec 6   Jul 24  Sep 17  Mar 6   Feb 22
                        2005    2004    2003    2003    2002


Economy total: 16% 21% 34% 27% 27% Economy general 7 9 22 22 19 Unemployment/jobs 5 10 12 4 7 Businesses leaving 2 2 - - - Cost of living 1 - - - - Minimum Wage 1 - - - - Economy other - - - 1 1

Terrorism total: 7% 15% 15% 14% 32% Terrorism general 5 11 15 11 27 Security/Safety 2 4 - 3 4 Terrorism other - - - - 1

War/Iraq 31% 25% 15% 31% 4%

Foreign affairs/policy total: 2% 3% 5% 2% 2% Foreign affairs/ policy general 1 1 2 1 2 Priorities should be at home, not abroad 1 1 2 1 - Middle East - 1 1 - -

Healthcare total: 3% 5% 4% 3% 1% Healthcare/Costs/ Insurance/HMO's 3 4 3 2 1 Medicare 1 - 1 1 - Prescription costs 1 1 - - -

Politicians/Campaigns total: 5% 4% 4% 4% 2% Politicans/Campaigns general 1 1 - 4 2 Bush Administration 3 2 2 - - Political corruption 1 1 1 - - Politicians other - - 1 - -

Budget/Spending total 1% 1% 3% 1% 1% Budget/Spending general - - 1 - 1 Budget deficits 1 1 2 1 -

Education total: 2% 1% 3% 3% 4% Education general 1 1 2 1 4 Funding education 1 - 1 1 - Education other - - - 1 -

Energy Costs total: 3% - - - - Energy costs general 1 - - - - Gas prices 1 - - - - Oil proces 1 - - - -

Abortion - 1 - - - Crime/Violence general - 1 - - 1 Drugs 1 - - - 1 Environment/Pollution - 1 - - - Family breakdown/values 1 1 1 1 1 Immigration 4 1 1 1 2 Lack of ethics/Morality 2 2 3 1 2 Lack of religion/God 2 - 1 - - Racism/Race relations - - - - 1 Senior issues - - - 1 - Social Security - 1 - - - Taxes general 1 - 1 1 1 Poverty/Homelessness 2 1 1 1 2 Welfare - - - - 1



Other 9 7 2 6 7 DK/NA 3 3 4 2 3



9. What is your preference for the outcome of the November 2006 congressional elections a Congress controlled by Republicans or a Congress controlled by Democrats?

                        Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom   Wht   Blk   His


Republicans 36% 85% 5% 28% 39% 33% 41% 11% 30% Democrats 47 6 91 46 44 51 43 71 49 DK/NA 17 10 5 25 17 16 16 19 20

AGE IN YEARS.......... 18-29 30-44 45-64 65+

Republicans 35% 35% 35% 41% Democrats 49 44 51 44 DK/NA 16 21 14 16

TREND: What is your preference for the outcome of the November 2006 (2002) congressional elections -- a Congress controlled by Republicans or a Congress controlled by Democrats?

                        Dec 6   Feb 22
                        2005    2002


Republicans 36 39 Democrats 47 41 DK/NA 17 19



10. If a candidate for Congress supports President George W. Bush, does that make you more likely to vote for that candidate, less likely to vote for that candidate, or doesn't it make a difference?

                        Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom   Wht   Blk   His


More likely 16% 42% 2% 7% 15% 16% 18% 5% 15% Less likely 37 6 65 39 34 40 35 61 28 No difference 45 49 31 53 49 41 45 33 47 DK/NA 2 3 2 1 2 2 2 1 10

AGE IN YEARS.......... 18-29 30-44 45-64 65+

More likely 12% 17% 15% 20% Less likely 31 34 43 36 No difference 55 48 41 40 DK/NA 2 1 2 5



11. How would you describe your overall opinion of George W. Bush? Would you say you -- like Bush a lot, like him a little, dislike him a little, or dislike Bush a lot?IF 'DISLIKE A LOT' ASK: Would you say you are angry with Bush, or would you say you dislike Bush but are not angry with him?

                        Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom   Wht   Blk   His


Like a lot 28% 61% 4% 21% 28% 28% 31% 12% 28% Like a little 21 26 13 24 23 19 21 17 29 Dislike a little 17 7 22 20 16 18 14 31 18 Dislike a lot 19 3 36 19 18 20 19 26 14 Angry 13 1 22 14 13 12 14 10 7 DK/NA 2 1 3 2 2 2 1 5 3

AGE IN YEARS.......... 18-29 30-44 45-64 65+

Like a lot 18% 32% 26% 36% Like a little 27 22 21 16 Dislike a little 25 14 14 15 Dislike a lot 25 18 19 17 Angry 6 12 15 14 DK/NA - 1 3 2

TREND: How would you describe your overall opinion of George W. Bush? Would you say you -- like Bush a lot, like him a little, dislike him a little, or dislike Bush a lot? IF 'DISLIKE A LOT' ASK: Would you say you are angry with Bush, or would you say you dislike Bush but are not angry with him?

                        Dec 6   Dec 16
                        2005    2004


Like a lot 28 31 Like a little 21 21 Dislike a little 17 13 Dislike a lot 19 15 Angry 13 17 DK/NA 2 3



12. Would you say that George W. Bush has strong leadership qualities or not?

                        Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom   Wht   Blk   His


Yes 47% 81% 20% 41% 49% 45% 51% 33% 48% No 51 18 78 56 49 53 48 62 49 DK/NA 2 1 2 3 2 2 1 4 4

AGE IN YEARS.......... 18-29 30-44 45-64 65+

Yes 41% 53% 47% 46% No 58 45 52 49 DK/NA 1 2 1 4

TREND: Would you say that George W. Bush has strong leadership qualities or not?
                        Dec 6   Mar 24
                        2005    2004


Yes 47 64 No 51 32 DK/NA 2 3



13. Would you say that George W. Bush is honest and trustworthy or not?

                        Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom   Wht   Blk   His


Yes 45% 84% 13% 42% 47% 44% 51% 18% 39% No 50 13 83 51 50 49 45 70 54 DK/NA 5 3 5 7 3 7 4 12 6

AGE IN YEARS.......... 18-29 30-44 45-64 65+

Yes 37% 47% 45% 52% No 57 49 51 41 DK/NA 6 3 4 7

TREND: Would you say that George W. Bush is honest and trustworthy or not?

                        Dec 6   Mar 24
                        2005    2004


Yes 45 53 No 50 40 DK/NA 5 7



14. Would you say that George W. Bush cares about the needs and problems of people like you or not?

                        Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom   Wht   Blk   His


Yes 44% 82% 13% 39% 47% 42% 48% 21% 50% No 52 15 83 56 50 53 48 74 47 DK/NA 4 3 4 5 2 5 3 5 3

AGE IN YEARS.......... 18-29 30-44 45-64 65+

Yes 44% 48% 42% 46% No 52 49 55 47 DK/NA 4 3 3 7

TREND: Would you say that George W. Bush cares about the needs and problems of people like you or not?

                        Dec 6   Mar 24
                        2005    2004


Yes 44 49 No 52 46 DK/NA 4 5



15. Do you approve or disapprove of the way George W. Bush is handling terrorism?

                        Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom   Wht   Blk   His


Approve 46% 84% 18% 41% 52% 42% 52% 20% 47% Disapprove 48 12 77 53 44 52 43 71 48 DK/NA 5 5 5 6 5 6 5 9 5

AGE IN YEARS.......... 18-29 30-44 45-64 65+

Approve 39% 49% 49% 47% Disapprove 60 47 45 44 DK/NA 1 4 6 9

TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way George W. Bush is handling terrorism? (*Low also hit 46% Jul 28, 2005)
                                                                Highest Lowest*
                                                                Approve Approve
                        Dec 6   Jul 28  Dec 16  May 26  May 5   Dec 10  Dec 6
                        2005    2005    2004    2004    2004    2003    2005


Approve 46 46 53 51 54 59 46 Disapprove 48 49 43 43 37 36 48 DK/NA 5 4 4 6 8 5 5



16. Do you approve or disapprove of the way George W. Bush is handling the situation with Iraq?

                        Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom   Wht   Blk   His


Approve 36% 70% 7% 32% 38% 35% 41% 10% 37% Disapprove 60 25 91 64 59 61 55 85 60 DK/NA 3 5 2 4 3 4 3 5 3

AGE IN YEARS.......... 18-29 30-44 45-64 65+

Approve 29% 40% 37% 40% Disapprove 70 55 61 55 DK/NA 1 5 2 6

TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way George W. Bush is handling the situation with Iraq?

                                                                Highest Lowest
                                                                Approve Approve
                        Dec 6   Dec 14  May 26  May 5   Dec 10  Jul 24  Dec 6
                        2005    2004    2004    2004    2003    2003    2005


Approve 36 41 41 42 46 52 36 Disapprove 60 55 54 51 48 43 60 DK/NA 3 4 5 6 6 5 3



17. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Dick Cheney is handling his job as Vice President?

                        Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom   Wht   Blk   His


Approve 35% 64% 12% 30% 35% 35% 39% 13% 37% Disapprove 51 19 76 58 56 47 47 70 53 DK/NA 14 17 12 12 9 18 14 17 10

AGE IN YEARS.......... 18-29 30-44 45-64 65+

Approve 31% 37% 33% 40% Disapprove 53 48 53 49 DK/NA 16 15 14 11

TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Dick Cheney is handling his job as Vice President?
                                                                Highest Lowest
                                                                Approve Approve
                        Dec 6   May 26  May 5   Oct 29  Sep 17  Feb 22  Dec 6
                        2005    2004    2004    2003    2003    2002    2005


Approve 35 40 39 48 54 58 35 Disapprove 51 43 41 35 30 20 51 DK/NA 14 17 20 17 17 22 14



18. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Donald Rumsfeld is handling his job as Secretary of Defense?

                        Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom   Wht   Blk   His


Approve 40% 73% 16% 34% 42% 38% 45% 14% 38% Disapprove 47 15 70 53 50 44 45 59 42 DK/NA 13 12 14 13 9 17 10 27 21

AGE IN YEARS.......... 18-29 30-44 45-64 65+

Approve 34% 41% 41% 43% Disapprove 47 46 49 44 DK/NA 19 12 11 14

TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Donald Rumsfeld is handling his job as Secretary of Defense?

                                                                Highest Lowest
                                                                Approve Approve
                        Dec 6   May 26  May 5   Oct 29  Sep 17  Feb 22  Dec 6
                        2005    2004    2004    2003    2003    2002    2005


Approve 40 47 50 54 60 76 40 Disapprove 47 43 36 35 29 11 47 DK/NA 13 10 14 11 11 13 13



19. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Condoleezza Rice is handling her job as Secretary of State?

                        Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom   Wht   Blk   His


Approve 61% 86% 41% 59% 59% 64% 65% 34% 62% Disapprove 25 7 41 28 28 22 22 48 17 DK/NA 14 8 18 13 14 14 13 17 21

AGE IN YEARS.......... 18-29 30-44 45-64 65+

Approve 61% 62% 60% 65% Disapprove 25 24 27 22 DK/NA 14 14 13 12

TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Colin Powell is handling his job as Secretary of State?

                        May 5   Oct 29  Sep 17  Jul 24  Jun 11  Apr 16  Feb 22
                        2004    2003    2003    2003    2003    2003    2002


Approve 71 76 78 79 80 85 85 Disapprove 19 16 14 15 14 9 8 DK/NA 10 8 7 5 6 6 8



20. Do you think the vice president has too much influence in this administration, too little influence, or about the right amount of influence in this administration?

                        Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom   Wht   Blk   His


Too much 30% 13% 40% 36% 35% 25% 30% 29% 28% Too little 18 15 25 15 15 21 15 29 27 Right amount 44 67 24 42 43 45 47 29 42 DK/NA 8 6 11 7 7 9 8 13 4

AGE IN YEARS.......... 18-29 30-44 45-64 65+

Too much 26% 28% 31% 33% Too little 21 19 18 13 Right amount 47 46 43 42 DK/NA 7 7 8 12



21. Do you think going to war with Iraq was the right thing for the United States to do or the wrong thing?

                        Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom   Wht   Blk   His


Right thing 41% 78% 13% 36% 45% 38% 47% 17% 38% Wrong thing 54 18 82 60 52 55 48 80 55 DK/NA 5 5 5 5 4 6 5 2 8

AGE IN YEARS.......... 18-29 30-44 45-64 65+

Right thing 38% 48% 39% 41% Wrong thing 57 48 56 53 DK/NA 5 4 5 6

TREND: Do you think going to war with Iraq was the right thing for the United States to do or the wrong thing?

                        Dec 6   Mar 10  Feb 2   Dec 16  May 26  May 5   Mar 24
                        2005    2005    2005    2004    2004    2004    2004  


Right 41 42 44 42 50 48 54 Wrong 54 51 50 52 44 45 39 DK/NA 5 6 6 6 6 7 7



22. Do you support or oppose withdrawing American troops from Iraq immediately? 23. (If not immediately) Do you support or oppose setting a firm deadline for withdrawing American troops from Iraq? 24. (If support deadline) When should US troops be withdrawn from Iraq? In 6 months, in 1 year, in 2 years, or in 3 years?

* Summary table, questions 22 through 24 combined.

                        Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom   Wht   Blk   His


Immediate withdrawal 40% 18% 61% 41% 32% 48% 34% 67% 55% In (6) Months 4 4 6 3 4 4 4 4 3 In (1) Year 10 8 10 13 10 11 11 5 12 In (2) Years 4 5 3 3 4 4 3 2 5 In (3) Years 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 3 No deadline 34 59 12 33 42 27 40 18 17 DK/NA 6 6 7 4 7 5 6 3 5

AGE IN YEARS.......... 18-29 30-44 45-64 65+

Immediate withdrawal 54% 38% 40% 30% In (6) Months 5 4 3 5 In (1) Year 13 10 11 8 In (2) Years 4 7 3 2 In (3) Years 2 1 1 - No deadline 19 32 37 46 DK/NA 2 9 5 8



25. In making its case for war with Iraq, do you think the Bush Administration told the American public what it believed to be true or intentionally misled the American public?

                        Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom   Wht   Blk   His


Told believed truth 46% 83% 16% 43% 47% 45% 51% 20% 46% Intentionally misled 49 12 81 51 48 50 45 71 43 DK/NA 5 5 4 5 4 6 4 8 12

AGE IN YEARS.......... 18-29 30-44 45-64 65+

Told believed truth 40% 47% 45% 54% Intentionally misled 54 50 51 39 DK/NA 6 3 4 7



26. Regardless of how you feel about the war in Iraq, do you think the U.S. should or should not continue a global war on terrorism?

                        Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom   Wht   Blk   His


Yes/Should continue 77% 92% 67% 76% 82% 73% 80% 65% 78% No/Should NOT 17 5 27 19 14 20 15 27 18 DK/NA 5 3 6 5 4 7 5 8 4

AGE IN YEARS.......... 18-29 30-44 45-64 65+

Yes/Should continue 76% 79% 78% 74% No/Should NOT 19 17 16 20 DK/NA 5 4 6 6